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Emacs function to copy buffer locations as GitHub/Slack/JIRA etc... formatted code

copy-as-format demo

Supported Formats/Services

  • AsciiDoc
  • Bitbucket
  • Disqus
  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • HipChat
  • HTML
  • JIRA
  • Markdown
  • MediaWiki
  • Org-mode
  • POD
  • reStructuredText
  • Slack


M-x copy-as-format or C-u M-x copy-as-format

Copy the current line or active region and add it to the kill ring as GitHub/Slack/JIRA/HipChat/... formatted code. Format defaults to copy-as-format-default. The buffer will not be modified.

With a prefix argument prompt for the format.

M-x copy-as-format-SERVICE

Where SERVICE is one of the supported services.

It's a good idea to bind these functions to a key sequence:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c w s") 'copy-as-format-slack)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c w g") 'copy-as-format-github)

For AsciiDoc customization see copy-as-format-asciidoc-include-file-name and copy-as-format-asciidoc-language-alist.

Adding Formats

Create a format function with a signature of TEXT MULTILINE:

  • TEXT - the text to be formatted
  • MULTILINE - t if TEXT spans multiple lines, otherwise nil

For example:

(defun some-great-format (text multiline)
  (if multiline
      (multiline-format text)
    (single-line-format text)))

Then, add an entry to copy-as-format-format-alist. The key is the format's name and the value is the format function:

(add-to-list 'copy-as-format-format-alist '("great-format" some-great-format))

See Also